Hollyoaks star Anna Passey: 'We need to take action on climate change – now'

Hollyoaks star Anna Passey has addressed the importance of tackling climate change ahead of a series of scenes across all of the soaps which are hoped to raise discussions among viewers on making changes for the environment.

However, explaining the steps she has taken to make herself more eco friendly, the Sienna Blake actress has reminded that every generation and every person has a responsibility to get on board; before it’s too late for the planet.

Here, Anna speaks to Metro.co.uk about what we can all do, what it means to her and addresses climate change denial.

How did you react when the idea of soaps coming together to raise the topic of Climate Change was pitched?

I was so excited to hear that the soaps were all joining forces to cover climate change. One soap covering it is wonderful but if we all club together and do it at the same time, then it will draw extra attention towards it. It’s great that we are all in a position to be able to do that.

How important is it, especially now, to take action on this?

It is vital we take action on it immediately, there is literally no time to lose. Everything that can be done needs to be done and now is the time to do it.

I try and do as much as I can in my private life to combat climate change. Our house is set out to be as eco friendly as possible, we’re very picky on the products we choose – they need to be environmentally friendly, recyclable, compostable. We go as far as making our own cleaning products as it reduces our carbon footprint and it reduces the amount of plastics we are using. We also have a candle company called Kit Candle Co.

The focus on that is to look after the outdoors so we are really careful that we use recyclable packaging and are very minimal and plastic free as possible. We use eco soy wax and we also have our own range of home made eco friendly hand soaps – I would never use any other hand soap now.

They are made from a few simple, eco friendly ingredients. We also encourage the reuse of containers as much as is possible so it’s part of our daily life to be aware of it and to make the best choices that we can.

What do you think is the key aim from the soaps in acknowledging this? 

The main aim for the crossover is just to draw even more attention to little things people can do. It’s something a bit different and special and it encourages the conversation of climate change which can only be a good thing.

Was there ever a fear that crossing the soap universes could risk being klunky?

I don’t think there was any fear of that because generally speaking if people watch a soap, they are aware of all of them. It’s also nice for those who may watch more than one to see the worlds interact even in small ways, it’s something very novel they can enjoy. It will also take it out of the reality of Hollyoaks or Walford but that’s a good thing in this instance so we can highlight the importance of the message we are trying to put across.

How has it been working with other soaps – is it nice to dismiss the belief that you all hate each other?

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It’s lovely for the shows to work together as a whole genre of soap. Obviously there’s friendly rivalry at awards but when we go, it is like one big family. Everyone has an appreciation for the other soaps as everyone knows the work involved. So to do something as a big soap family is lovely. I am sure there are people who think there is this huge war of the soaps but really, we all get along and we all have friends from the other soaps involved in this project too.

Brian Cox of Succession fame said this morning that we are basically ‘f***ed’ if we don’t take action now – blunt but true, would you agree? 

I wholeheartedly agree with Brian Cox, there is literally no time to lose. All the signs are there, the experts are telling us we need big changes. Individuals doing what they can is brilliant but as a plent, we all need to come together and make some really big changes. Right now.

How important is it for current generations to get across this now for future generations. Everyone has a responsibility don’t they? 

It’s vitally important for all generations, it doesn’t just affect one. All ages have a responsibility to do something about it. If you’re in the older generations, you really have to think about the state you are leaving the planet in for future generations.

You see lots of young people really rallying to take action on climate change and that’s because they are the people who are going to be inheriting the planet and we have such a responsibility to take care of it and try and undo some of the damage that has been done.

Do you have any thoughts or response to climate change denial at all? It’s certainly a frustrating mindset to see with so much at stake.

I find it incredibly frustrating. If all the experts and the scientists are saying the same thing – well, you don’t even have to be an expert to see how the planet is changing and the impact human beings are having on it.

My response simply is, if you don’t believe in climate change, it won’t hurt you to act as if you do. Most of the changes are small and minor to make and if you’re in any doubt if it’s going to make a difference then just do it anyway; you won’t lose anything from it.

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